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“When Things Become Property: Land Reform, Authority and Value in Postsocialist Europe and Asia”

We are happy to announce the publication of the new book “When Things Become Property: Land Reform, Authority and Value in Postsocialist Europe and Asia”, edited by Thomas Sikor, Stefan Dorondel, Johannes Stahl and Phuc Xuan To. Stefan Dorondel is a long time member of InASEA and member of the Advisory Board.

The book is published by Berghahn and can be ordered here.

“Governments have conferred ownership titles to many citizens throughout the world in an effort to turn things into property. Almost all elements of nature have become the target of property laws, from the classic preoccupation with land to more ephemeral material, such as air and genetic resources. When Things Become Property interrogates the mixed outcomes of conferring ownership by examining postsocialist land and forest reforms in Albania, Romania and Vietnam, and finds that property reforms are no longer, if they ever were, miracle tools available to governments for refashioning economies, politics or environments.”

“Disrupted Landscapes”: A New Book from Stefan Dorondel

We are pleased to announce that Stefan Dorondel, member of InASEA’s Executive Committee, has published a book entitled ‘Disrupted Landscapes: State, Peasants and the Politics of Land in Postsocialist Romania’, part of Berhahn’s series on environment in history.

For more information on the book and the author as well as purchasing information and available discounts, please visit this link.

Déjà Lu

Déjà Lu (“Already read”) aims to pluralise the dissemination of anthropological knowledge on a global level, by republishing articles selected by the WCAA association journals.
The 4th issue is now out with 36 articles from around the world and one newly translated article.
Take a look.

CfP: The Doctoral College (DK) “Austrian Galicia and its Multicultural Heritage” at the University of Vienna

The Doctoral College (DK) “Austrian Galicia and its Multicultural Heritage” at the University of Vienna is advertising nine funded (contracted) positions for doctoral candidates with a duration of three years (start: 1 March 2016), the positions contingent upon the continued funding of the program.

Applications can be made in the disciplines of German Studies, History, Judaic Studies, Slavic Studies (Polish and/or Ukrainian Studies), Social Anthropology or Political Science, with particular attention paid to projects that transcend disciplinary and/or cultural borders.

The full text of the call can be downloaded as a pdf file here.

WCAA’s quarterly newsletter

The WCAA has produced its second quarterly newsletter which hopes to highlight what both the WCAA and it’s various member associations are up to.

If you have association news you wish to be included in the next issue of WCAA’s quarterly, please email it.

The newsletter is available here:

Inter-Congress 2016 of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)

May 4-9th 2016, Hotel Palace Dubrovnik, Croatia

Call for papers is now open;
deadline January 31st 2016.
Registration is also open; early bird fees until February 5th 2016.
A limited number of grants are available for
conference fee/accommodation/travel; deadline for application January 15th 2016.

CfP: ‘Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change’, organized by RAI

The Call for Papers for the Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change Conference is now open. It closes on 8 January 2016.

The Royal Anthropological Institute is delighted to announce a major conference entitled “Anthropology, Weather and Climate Change” which will take place at the British Museum, 27-29 May 2016, organized in conjunction with the BM Department for Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

Anthropology is understood here as being in its widest sense, including Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Linguistic Anthropology and Social Anthropology.

Please browse the full list of panels and decide where to propose your paper. All proposals must be made via the online form that can be found on each panel page.  Proposals should consist of a paper title, a (very) short abstract of <300 characters and an abstract of 250 words.

For full details of the call for papers please see

We hope to see you at the British Museum next May!

CfP: ASA16: Footprints and futures: the time of anthropology

ASA16: Footprints and futures: the time of anthropology
4-7 July 2016, University of Durham
Call for panels now open
27th November

The Association for Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth is happy to announce that the Call for Panels for the next ASA conference is now open. Read the theme and the reason for the theme; view the daily timetable and names of the confirmed plenary speakers: Alex Alvergne, Laura Bear, Dominic Boyer, Cymene Howe, Michael Jackson, Annemarie Mol, William Sax and Charles Stewart.

Please visit the site, put the dates in your diary, and consider proposing a panel now.

CfP: Solidarit(i)és: CASCA/SANA

Canadian Anthropology Society and Society for the Anthropology of North America
Dalhouisie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (11-15 may 2016)
Deadline for submitting paper abstracts: 15 february 2016
For details, please see below.

CASCA’s annual conference on the theme Solidarit(i)és will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. CASCA’s conference is co-organized with SANA, and will run from May 11-15, 2016.

Please see our call for papers at and stay tuned for the conference registration/submission form, which will be ready soon (

Proposal Submissions
CASCA/SANA 2016 invites different types of proposals and strongly encourages panels and symposia that will bring together presenters from a variety of academic and non-academic backgrounds.

Organisers of panels, symposia, or roundtables may wish to advertise their session and find presenters through the CASCA and SANA list-servs. You can email your call for papers to SANA for circulation on their list-serve at: and to CASCA for circulation on their list-serve and posting on the Conference Classifieds on the CASCA website at

15-minute papers
Individual proposals accepted by the 2016 conference program committee will be organized into thematic sessions. The submission for a paper must include the presentation title, abstract (of 100 to 150 words),   keywords, and co-authors (if applicable). If you are part of an organised panel or symposium, you will also provide the name of the organiser and title of the panel. If you are a panel or symposium organiser, please provide an abstract describing the proposed panel or symposia and list the participants.

90-minute panels
Panels will be composed of 4 to 5 presentations, followed by a discussion. Please do not include more than 4 presentations should a formal discussant be invited. The panel organiser should provide a 100 to 150 word abstract describing the theme of the proposed panel or symposia and include a list of the participants (including, the chair and the discussant).

Symposia will be composed of at least 2 panels of 90 minutes each, back to back in the same location (as scheduling permits). The symposium organiser should provide a 100 to 150-word abstract describing the theme of the proposed symposium, and a list of participants (including the chair and the discussant/s).

Round-tables will be 90 minutes in length, addressing a specific theme or issue to be submitted by the organizer of the round-table. The roundtable organizer should include a 100-150 word abstract describing the theme and include a list of 3 confirmed participants (minimum) and the chair. Round-table participants must submit short abstracts or talking points (up to 100 words) and go through the regular registration process, filling in the appropriate fields of the round-table participation form.

Graduate students
Graduate students returning from the field and/or having collected first-hand research material are invited to apply to the conference. We also welcome in-depth and advanced analytical works by PhD students. Please note that conference papers should not consist of a course-based project, and the conference does not accept panels with only student participants.

Student poster presentations
Undergraduate honours and MA students are encouraged to present a poster summary of their research projects and findings. Abstracts for poster presentations should be up to 100 words. For more information, please write to

Abstract Submission deadline: 5 February, 2016
Paper acceptance notification date: late March, 2016

Registration information for CASCA and SANA – membership and conference:

Important Information
All conference participants must have an active CASCA or SANA membership.
Please note that all conference participants who reside or work in Canada must be CASCA members.
Membership fees can be paid at the same time as registering for the 2016 Conference. Participants who do not have their CASCA or SANA membership and 2016 conference fees paid by the submission deadline will be excluded from the final program.
Conference registration will remain open after the submission deadline for those wanting to attend CASCA SANA 2016 and participate informally (
Conference participants are limited to presenting one paper at CASCA/SANA 2016. However, there is no limit on the number of other roles per participant, such as, discussant, panel chair, organizer, and round-table participant.

Conference Fees (listed in Canadian dollars):
Faculty, Professionals
-Up to February 1, 2016: $185
-Feb 2 to April 20, 2016: $210
-April 21, 2016 and after: $230

Students, Postdocs, Low Income, Retired
-Up to Feb 1, 2016: $90
-Feb 2, 2016 to April 20, 2016: $105
-April 21, 2016 and after: $115

All conference fees include the cost of translation of the abstracts.

Additional Advance Registration Required:
-Women’s Network Luncheon: Thursday May 12 at the University Club $30
-Banquet: Saturday May 14 at 7 pm at the Waterfront Warehouse with live music $80 or $55 for students. Please note there are limited student tickets available, so please buy your tickets early!
-Childcare must be pre-booked and a $20 deposit paid.
-Departmental Chair breakfast, Friday May 13 in SOSA department lounge (for departments in Canada).

Cancellation Policy:
*Participants wishing to cancel their registration for CASCA/SANA
2016, should send an e-mail to
**Reimbursements are available for the CASCA/SANA 2016 registration fees only (registration fees for membership to CASCA or SANA are not reimbursed).
March 30, 2016: Cancellations submitted by this date will receive a 100% reimbursement.
April 20, 2016: Cancellations between March 31, 2016 and up to April 20, 2016 will receive a 50% reimbursement of conference registration fees.
After April 20, 2016: No reimbursement.

Position statement of the Polish Ethnological Society

The following text is the position statement of the Polish Ethnological Society on expressions of xenophobia and intolerance in Poland. The statement is received through WCAA’s mailing list.

The Polish Ethnological Society, at its 91st General Assembly, held to commemorate the 120th anniversary of its founding in Lviv, would like to express its position on an issue that has been the subject of its members’ research and educational activities since the organisation’s inception — relations between people. Our decades-long professional activity and experience convince us of the need to take a decisive stand on this matter.

Over their history, the peoples of our region have been victimized, and individuals have suffered or lost their lives as the result of ideologically-driven intolerance and discriminatory practices directed against certain groups of people. Recent events associated with the so-called refugee crisis have sparked a wave of statements and actions that are incompatible with the values of humanism to which we adhere. Hate speech directed against people based on their race, ethnicity, religion or worldview has become widespread and acceptable. It is becoming rife at all levels of society, including, most regrettably, among opinion leaders, in the media, and in public places. This is being directed in particular at Muslims and national groups associated with this religion. We are dismayed by the widespread consent to these affronts on others by the citizens of our society, and at times, by organs of the state and the law. We warn that similar processes took place during the birth of a most horrible and openly dehumanizing system – fascism. These processes led to acts of genocide and ethnic cleansing. We need to prevent the dangers that arise from xenophobia, and for this reason, we call for efforts to combat it in all its forms, beginning with its expression in language and acts of verbal violence. We call instead for widespread expressions of social solidarity, a readiness to help the needy, openness and tolerance. We urge not only those in positions of authority, but also ordinary citizens, to take decisions and actions that represent concrete expressions of these values.

Polish Ethnological Society

Lviv, 25 September 2015